TikTok vs. the EU: The Commission Barks, but Will It Also Bite?

Investigations into TIkTok and its parent company are underway as the EU steps up social media regulation

19 March 2024

Amid mounting regulatory pressure, TikTok braces for a tumultuous year in Europe as the European Union launches investigations into the social media giant’s activities under the Digital Services Act.

2024 will be another challenging year for TikTok and its European operations. On 17 February, the EU Commission announced that it had opened investigations into TikTok’s activities under the Digital Services Act (DSA), the bloc’s recently adopted law governing the conduct of social networks and other online platforms.

The formal proceedings come after months of informal dialogue between the platform and the EU regulator. The investigation of alleged misconduct will focus on breaches of transparency obligations and obligations to protect minors who use the social network.

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Matej Šimalčík

Matej Šimalčík is the Executive Director of the Central European Institute of Asian Studies, a think tank that focuses on foreign and security policy issues related to East Asia. Matej's research looks at China’s economic and political presence and influence in Central Europe, elite relations, corrosive capital, and the role of European legal instruments in mitigating risks posed by China. He is also a senior associate at the Slovakia-based law firm Nechala and partners. Before that, Matej gained experience as an in-house legal counsel for the Slovak branch of Transparency International, a global anti-corruption watchdog, and several Slovak and Czech law firms.  In 2021, he was listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list (Slovak edition) in the Governance and Social Innovation category.

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